Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

The Psychopathology of American Capitalism

Authors: Bonfiglio, Thomas Paul

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  • Features a unique combination of Marxism and psychoanalysis to explain the anomalous condition of American capitalismEmploys psychoanalysis to account for identity politics and the resistance to alternative political parties
  • Illuminates a political vocabulary that restricts the possibilities of discourse outside of the system
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This book synthesizes psychoanalytic and Marxist techniques in order to illuminate the resistance to a socialization of the American economy, the protectionist discourses of anomalous American capitalism, and the suppression of the capitalist welfare state. After the Second World War, Democrats and Republicans effectively eliminated the communist and socialist parties from the American political spectrum and suppressed their allied labor movements. The right-wing shift of both parties fabricated a false opposition of left and right that does not correspond to political oppositions in the industrialized democracies. Marxist perspectives can account for the massive inequality of the political economy, but they are insufficient for illuminating its preservation. Psychoanalysis is necessary in order to explain why Americans continue to vote within a two-party system that neglects the lower classes, and why the working class tends to vote against its own interests. The psychoanalytic techniques employed include doubling, repetition, displacement, condensation, inversion, denial, fetishizing, and cognitive repression. In examining the fixation upon the proxy binary of Democrat vs. Republican, which suppresses the true opposition of left vs. right and neutralizes alternatives, the work analyses numerous contemporary political issues through applications of Marxist psychoanalytic theory.

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Thomas Paul Bonfiglio is Gaines Professor of Literature and Linguistics at the University of Richmond, USA. His publications include Why Is English Literature? Language and Letters for the Twenty-First Century (2013); Mother Tongues and Nations: The Invention of the Native Speaker (2010); and Race and the Rise of Standard American (2002).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychopathology of American Capitalism
Authors
Series Title
Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55592-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55592-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55591-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85702-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 296
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